Pets: Psych 'em, Fido!

When a dog's social relationships are uncertain, or its family environment is insecure, or its master fails to live up to the kind of leadership image the dog has in mind, there is fertile ground for the seeds of mental illness to take root.

That, at least, is the theory of a few "doctors" around the U.S. who bill themselves as "canine psychologists." The leading practitioner, a Beverly Hills man named Dare Miller, 40, has propagated a whole four-dollar Freudian vocabulary to explain what it is that teaches old dogs new tics.

According to Miller, who takes it all quite seriously,...

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